Creation vs Evolution
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days THE LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” Exodus 31:17
To claim a belief in the Bible it is clear that one must also believe that God created the universe and everything within it in the way it is outlined in the Genesis record. Many people have problems with the Biblical account because of the modern view that science has disproved it, however, if one is honest, there is no real evidence for the gradual evolution of man or that life started in a primordial soup. The theory of Evolution is not an observable science. For this reason it has not and will not be proved but has to be ‘beleived’. See below a few of the facts which show Evolution to be questionable:
- There is no adequate explanation for the origin of life from dead chemicals. It is a scientific fact that nothing can grow in a vacuum (e.g. nothing can come from nothing) and even the simplest life form is tremendously complex.
- The fossil record, our only documentation of whether evolution actually occurred in the past, lacks any transitional forms, and all types appear fully-formed when first present. The evidence that “pre-men” (ape-men) existed is dubious at best. So called pre-man fossils turn out to be those of apes, extinct apes, fully man, or historical frauds.
- Any plausible theory of the origin of life must include the formation of complicated macro molecules like proteins, DNA and RNA, as well as the components necessary for life, such as lipids, carbohydrates, hormones, enzymes, etc. that must be formed and be utilized to produce life. Pick up any text book and you will soon realize the complexity and in probability that all of these can be assembled by pure chance. The famous astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe (both atheists) calculated the probability of life forming by chance in five billion years on earth. The answer is 10e40000 to 1 (a number so close to zero as to effectively be zero). They then considered the universe with 100 billion galaxies each with 100 billion stars and 20 billion years. Still no chance. Hoyle said the probability of life evolving anywhere in the universe is as likely as a tornado sweeping through a junkyard and assembling a Boeing 747!
(The above points have been summarized from “Evolutionary Theory: the Big Problems!” of the Creation Scientists)
The scientific evidence is clearly against the theory of evolution especially in the light of modern biology, and we have only mentioned 3 points! The Bible claims that the complexity of life is clear evidence that God is the creator:
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest (clearly seen) in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” Romans 1:19-20
What did Jesus Christ believe about Creation
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them (Adam and Eve) male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” Mark 10:6-8
For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. Mark 13:19
To claim to be a follower of Jesus (a Christian) it is worth noting that he himself believed and endorsed the Genesis account of Creation and Adam and Eve. Jesus taught that humans were around at the beginning of creation (see the word link here with Genesis 1:1). This is in stark contrast to the evolutionist theory that the universe began with a big band around 15 billion years ago and that humans only evolved out of that in the last few millions of years.
What did the early Christians believe?
“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
“For since by man (Adam) came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22
Not surprisingly, we see then that the early followers of Christ believed in the creation and there were critics even in there time of the Biblical account. Here is an excerpt from Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”:
“The Mosaic account of the creation and the fall of man was treated with profane derision by the Gnostics” Edward Gibbon – The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire Volume 1
The early followers of Christ even warned of oppositions to their teachings in “science falsely so called”:
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:20-21
Why do people believe in Evolution?
Evolution is a doctrine of convenience. To believe in chance is to relinquish any responsibilities to a higher being. Evolution fits in nicely with the humanist beliefs of society: do what you want as long as you don’t hurt another human being. The Bible teaches that this is mans thinking and that God’s ways are completely opposite. Man does not like to have moral responsibility, he does not like to think there will be consequences for his actions and therefore it is much easier to swallow the theory of Evolution.
The appeal is, dear reader, that you look into what the Bible really teaches. If you do so with an open mind you will find the Bible completely in harmony with “real” observable scientific fact. Acquaint yourself with Bible prophecy and with the Bibles message and know that you will not be looking into a theory, but facts…
Author: M. Davies, Nottingham, March 2009